• Director, de Souza Institute, UHN/Cancer Care Ontario, 2008 – present
  • Affiliate Scientist, Ontario Cancer Institute, Toronto. 2006 – present
  • Clinician Scientist, Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Princess Margaret Hospital and University of Toronto. 2002 – present
  • Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Mid-Career Scientist Award: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)/Ontario Women’s Health Council 2005 – 2010


  • 2013 – 2016 Co-Principal Investigator, Improving distress management knowledge and skills for oncology nurses: a pan-Canadian knowledge translation study. (CIHR), first competition, $599,864. Co-PIs: McLeod, D., Esplen, M. J., & Sullivan, V. plus 12 Co-Investigators
  • 2013 – 2016 Co-Principal Investigator as Director of Institute, “de Souza model of care and education: a provincial strategy to build patient centred services across the cancer care continuum.” Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC), $4,645,000 total over 3 years: $2,000,000 (2013/2014); $1,630,000 (2014/2015); and $1,015,000 (2015/2016). Co-PI: Wong, J.
  • 2012 – 2014 Co-Prin. Invest, Clinical outcomes and quality of life after prophylactic gastrectomy in CDH1 mutation carriers. Cancer Res Soc, $117,294. Co-PIs: Esplen, M. J. & Huntsman, D.
  • 2010 – 2013 Co-Principal Investigator, Body image and psychosocial functioning in women with breast cancer: can we fix what we’ve broken? A randomized controlled trial. Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, $192,788. Co-PIs: Esplen, M. J. & Wong, J., Co-Investigators: Toner, B. & Warner, E.
  • 2014-2020 Principal Investigator of Psychosocial Line of Research($500,000): on Large team grant-“Tailoring and Managing Treatments for Young Women with Breast Cancer:( Tak Mak Principal investigator), CIHR/Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation , 6,000,000.00. for team grant



Bleiker, E. M., Esplen, M. J., Meiser, B., Petersen, H. V., & Patenaude, A. F. (2013). 100 years Lynch Syndrome: What have we learned about psychosocial issues? Familial Cancer 12(2), 325-339, doi: 10.1007/s10689-013-9653-8

Esplen, M. J., Cappelli, M., Wong, J., Bottorff, J., Hunter, J., Carroll, J., Dorval, M., Wilson, B., Allanson, J., Semotiuk, K., Aronson, M., Bordeleau, L. Charlemagne, N. & Meschino, W. (2013). Developing a brief screening instrument for psychosocial risk associated with genetic testing – a pan Canadian cohort study. British Medical Journal Open, 3(3), e002227. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-002227

Boquiren, V., Esplen, M. J., Wong, J., Toner, B. & Warner, E. (2013). Exploring the influence of gender-role socialization and objectified body consciousness on body image in breast cancer survivors. In Press Psycho-oncology, doi: 10.1002/pon.3271, Epub ahead of print 2013 Mar 20.

Costain, G., Esplen, M. J., Toner, B., Scherer, S. W., Meschino, W. S., Hodgkinson, K. &, Bassett, A. S. (2012). Evaluating genetic counseling for individuals with schizophrenia in the molecular age. Schizophrenia Bulletin, Epub ahead of print Advance Access, December 12, 2012.

Esplen, M. J., Stuckless, N., Gallinger, S., Aronson, M., Rothenmund, H., Semotiuk, K., Stokes, J., Way, C., Green, J., Butler, K., Petersen, H. V. & Wong, J. (2011). Development and validation of an instrument to measure the impact of genetic testing on self-concept in Lynch syndrome (LS). Clinical Genetics, 80(5), 415-423. doi: 10.1111/j.1399-0004.2011.01770.x